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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:00 am

Positive outlook amid traffic restrictions

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

It's been three weeks since the city closed the intersection at Rudisill Boulevard and Broadway.

Part of the city's extensive sewer project, the traffic restriction has area residents and business patrons making detours on out-of-the-way routes and neighborhoods.

And just a block away sits the 07 Pub, with a spectacular view of the construction that is expected to take 10 months.

So far, the popular neighborhood spot has seen the project as more of an inconvenience than a problem. Marcus Spillson, a co-owner of the pub, says some customers have commented on the construction but sales have been comparable to previous weeks.

However, a new project has traffic further limited to restaurants on the south side.

Broadway from Taylor Street to Creighton Avenue is closed while contractors work on one of 17 railroad overpasses in the Front Door Fort Wayne initiative. The project is expected to take three weeks.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. sits right at the corner of that project.

“It's certainly not the optimal situation, especially with the overpass construction,” says Josh Volz, director of marketing and design. “The bridge projects are much needed and will help enhance the Broadway corridor and the area leading to Electric Works.”

Volz says the restaurant management is excited to see the improvements to the Broadway area but want guests to know the restaurant is still open for business during the work.

For Matthew and Nicky Nolot, who operate the downtown restaurant Tolon, construction projects are part of building a strong, vibrant community.

Their farm-to-fork restaurant on Harrison Street is at the edge of the Landing project, and the restaurant has had a front-window view.

While there has been traffic re-routed, the Nolots have worked closely with the city, Downtown Improvement District and Greater Fort Wayne to be a part of this exciting time in the city.

“We wouldn't be (in that location) if we didn't want to grow that community,” Nicky Nolot says.

The restaurant, which recently debuted its summer menu, has been able to enjoy strong business thanks to working together and creating awareness, Nolot says.

And in case you are wondering, the new menu features the highly requested three-layer chocolate cake with miso mousse and dark chocolate ganache and dishes that highlight summer produce.

Doughnut shop

A new shop on the city's south side is inviting people to kick off their morning with coffee and a doughnut.

Promising that they “deep fry everything,” 375 Degrees opened last week at 4382 Bluffton Road.

The spot, which was once home to Mike's Donuts, offers traditional favorites such as glazed doughnuts that are frosted and topped with sprinkles. Others are filled with fruit or have a cereal topping. Yes, I'm talking about Fruity Pebbles.

Fancy doughnuts include apple fritters and bizmarks, and specialty options include cinnamon rolls and turnovers.

And, if you're into bacon, there's a maple bacon-glazed option.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hortons to move

Tim Hortons on West Jefferson Boulevard will close Sunday, with signs saying that the restaurant will be relocated.

The popular Canadian franchise announced that it would come to Fort Wayne in 2014, with plans to open 15 locations in five years.

However, growth has stopped at eight spots, including outlets in Lutheran Hospital and Memorial Coliseum.

Known for its coffee, Tim Hortons also has a full menu of baked goods, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, paninis, wraps and soups.

Other locations are on Ice Way, near Coliseum Boulevard; Crescent Avenue, near PFW; Lima Road, near Dupont; Coldwater Road, near Union Chapel Road; and West Cook Road.

Around town

• Signs outside 3720 W. Jefferson Blvd. indicate that the new owners of Friends, Too will be changing the name of the restaurant near Jefferson Pointe to Joanna's. The Puga family, which owns Joanna's Family Restaurant in Leo Crossing, bought the restaurant this month.

Zinnia's Bakehouse, 236 E. Wayne St., is celebrating its sixth anniversary by giving away 24 backpacks, each filled with school supplies. Anyone who donates a backpack of school items by Saturday gets a free order of beignets on Saturday. For information on what supplies to include or to nominate a student to receive a backpack, go to the “6th Anniversary” event on Zinnia Bakehouse's Facebook page.

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